Ai Iwane working with the Kodak Cirkut camera in Fukushima. (Photo by Haruo Imazumi)

The Arts – Fukushima …. Hawaii

Japanese Photographer Connects Fukushima with Hawai‘i Through Her Love of Bon Dance Kristen Nemoto Jay Special to The Hawai‘i Herald From now through Aug. 17, Japanese photographer Ai Iwane’s photo exhibits — “Island in My Mind, Fukushima” and “Fukushima Ondo” — are on display at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center’s Schaefer International Gallery. The....
Photo of “Bittersweet” screens on Nov. 9, 13 and 18.

HIFF – Eat, Drink, Film

“TSUKIJI WONDERLAND” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 110 min. Written and directed by Naotaro Endo. Tökyö’s Tsukiji Fish Market is the largest seafood market in the world. Opened in 1935, the...

Hiroshige’s City: From Edo To Tokyo

Wayne Muromoto Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.” — Robert Heinlein I should just print up this quote as a poster and staple it to the wall...

Uchinaaloha – Lee Tonuchi’s Newest Play Touches on Cultural Understanding and Preservation

Gwen Battad Ishikawa Commentary “See, I wanna do someting for help da Okinawan people. Da Okinawan ladies. Especially da ones who live away from Okinawa. Okinawa. (sighs) Lotta these Okinawan womens is social outcasts in these...
Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone (left) as Wakamatsi with Kimiko Ohtani as the seductress in the 1976 production of "Shushin Kani'iri" at Kennedy Theatre. (Photo courtesy Cheryl Yoshie Nakasone)

The Arts – Ryukyu Kingdom Dance-Drama Set For Kennedy Theatre Stage

Kathy Foley, Ph.D. Special to The Hawai‘i Herald The month of July marks the observance of Okinawan Obon, when ties to deceased loved ones are renewed through music and dance. Memories from a 1976 visit by several of Okinawa’s top artistic and cultural masters will be recalled with gratitude and fondness on Sunday, July 30,....
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Exploring 20th Century Japanese Films – Dr. Victor Kobayashi To Lead Discussions Examining Themes,...

Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald In 1950, Akira Kurosawa’s movie, “Rashomon,” made its remarkable debut on the international stage and established the 40-year-old director as a world-class filmmaker. Recognized as a cinematic classic from...
Maui artist Kirk Kurokawa chats with visitors recently at the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center, where he is painting a mural highlighting the World War II AJA soldiers.

Art + History – Maui Mural Celebrates Nisei Soldier’s Story

Nisei Veterans Memorial Center Telling Their Story Inside and Out Melissa Tanji Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Crisp, colorless images of young American soldiers of Japanese ancestry are coming to life on a concrete canvas on the windswept oceanfront campus of the Nisei Veterans Memorial Center. At the center, situated where the towns of Kahului and Wailuku meet,....
Photo of "Hikawa Maru” screens on Nov. 5, 13 and 20.

HIFF – Film For Thought

“HIKAWA MARU” | Hawai‘i Premiere | Japan | Japanese w/English subtitles | 94 min. From veteran anime director Shunji Oga comes the epic tale of the legendary Japanese ocean liner, the Hikawa Maru. In May...
Poster of film, Loving Vincent, van Gogh's Story to the Screen

Film Review – “Loving Vincent”

Artist/Filmmaker Brings van Gogh’s Story to the Screen Alan Suemori Special to The Hawai‘i Herald “Either he will go mad or he will leave us all behind. Which of the two it will be I am not able to foresee.” — Camille Pissarro At 27, he was already a failure. Born into an ambitious, middle-class....

Fashion History – JAPANESE BORO

Stacy Lee Special to The Hawai‘i Herald Arguably one of the few highlights of being stuck at home this past year was wearing boro boroz – sometimes even during work. After all, it’s mainly the face...

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